Prime Minister calls for EU-wide ban on high-powered semi-automatic weapons to counter terrorist threat

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

At the European Council Summit in Brussels, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an EU-wide ban on high-powered semi-automatic weapons as part of a long-term plan to counter terrorism.

Ahead of European leaders gathering for the Summit to discuss the EU’s response to November’s horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris, the Prime Minister asked officials to draw up a package of proposals designed to tackle the ongoing terrorist threat which he could then raise at the Council with a view to agreement on a range of measures next year.

The plan is set to include a number of proposals to crack down on the illegal trade in firearms that will prevent terrorists from accessing weapons with which they seek to cause mass casualties.

Alongside the ban, the measures would include:

*greater sharing of ballistics data

*a new plan to improve firearms intelligence in the western Balkans, with a tougher legislative and enforcement framework and action to take firearms out of circulation

*a clear implementation for all EU Member States to deliver the restrictions and alert systems that can prevent terrorists from accessing material for explosives

The Prime Minister has also called for greater efforts to undermine ISIS ideology and online radicalisation.

Scale of the terrorist threat

“The horrific terrorist atrocities in Paris underlined the scale of the terrorist threat now facing Europe,” explained David Cameron. “A terrorist threat in one country is a danger to us all, so I believe there’s more we must do together to tackle the terrorist threat posed by ISIS.”

He continued: “We need to ensure that terrorists do not have the weapons with which they can wreak such tragedy. I’m calling for a new EU-wide ban on all high-powered semi-automatic weapons and greater co-operation to crack down on the smuggling trade and prevent guns coming in from the western Balkans.”

The Prime Minister concluded: “Together, we must do more to protect our citizens and the way of life which we hold so dear.”

Senior officials are also considering other measures designed to improve data sharing, strengthen border and transport security, disrupt terrorist financing and tackle extremism in the online space.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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